iPad mini Smart Cover will come in 6 colors, retail for $39

Just as the iPad mini has shrunk down in size, Apple’s Smart Cover has done likewise to protect the iPad mini’s 7.9-inch screen. The biggest difference from before is that the metal hinge that snaps onto the iPad’s side has been replaced by a new design that essentially wraps the device in a single piece of polyurethane material.

The cover that wakes up, stands up, and brightens up iPad has been redesigned for iPad mini.11 And what a smart pair they are. iPad mini and the iPad mini Smart Cover, that is. Magnetic technology built into each one really pulls them together. The Smart Cover snaps perfectly into place to protect your screen — without adding bulk. Open the Smart Cover and your iPad mini wakes up. Close it and your iPad mini goes to sleep. Fold the Smart Cover and it becomes a stand. It’s all just so, well, smart.

The iPad mini Smart Cover will come in 6 colors and retail for $39. Check out the official Apple video after the break.

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13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display now shipping on Apple.com

The 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display joins its bigger 15-inch sibling with the distinction of having the highest resolution found on any laptop. Announced during today’s Apple Media Event, the new 13.3 inch MBP has a Retina Display with 2560 x 1600 pixels (the 15-inch version has 2880 x 1800 pixels), which is nearly double the pixels found on an HDTV. The screen has 29% higher contrast ratio, 75% reduced reflection, IPS technology for 178 degree viewing angle and 300 nit brightness. Just as impressive is that it’s only 0.75 inch thick and weighs 3.57 pounds, nearly a pound lighter than its 13-inch predecessor.

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iPad Mini page now up on Apple.com, watch the intro video

The iPad Mini product page is now live on Apple.com. Head over to get a closer look at the latest 7.9-inch iPad and see for yourself why it’ll blow all other similarly sized tablets out of the water. The nearly 5 minute intro video to the iPad Mini has also been uploaded, so be sure to check that out if you missed the live stream earlier.

Update: the iPad Mini intro video has been embedded below.

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Apple Introduces the 7.9-inch iPad Mini

After months of endless speculation, Apple has finally unveiled the iPad Mini. This slick iPad has a 7.9 inch diagonal display and is just 7.2mm thick, which is 23% thinner than the original iPad. Phil Schiller has compared it to being as thick as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper. Here are the iPad Mini’s main features:

  • 1024×768 resolution – same as the original iPad
  • Weighs only 0.68 pounds
  • Dual-core A5 chip
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • 5 megapixel iSight on the back
  • LTE support
  • 10 Hour battery life
As for pricing, the 16Gb Wifi model starts at $329, with the 32GB going for $429 and 64GB for $529. The 16GB Wifi + LTE will start at $459. Pre-orders for the Wifi models can be made starting Oct 26th, with the official launch date being November 2nd.

Watch the Apple Special Event at 1PM EST online or Apple TV

In about two hours time, at 10AM PST/1PM EST, you’ll be able to watch the Apple Special Event (aka iPad Mini Announcement, among other Mac related news) live directly from Apple.com on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mac. The keynote will also be streamed live to the Apple TV.

Watch a live video stream of the special event online or via Apple TV starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Live streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.

This will be the first time that Apple has live streamed a product launch event since October 2010.

FAA’s Free App of the Day – Random Heroes

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out everyday.

Random Heroes is another excellent platformer from Ravenous Games. That’s the studio responsible for equally excellent League of Evil 1 and 2. Here, you have to take control of one of 15 different heroes, and attempt to save the world across more than 30 levels. You have guns and other weapons to help you out, but don’t expect a walk in the park – this is one tricky game. The app is universal, Retina-ready and currently free on the App Store.

Random Heroes Ravenous Games, Random Heroes - Free

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ThinkGeek’s Mega Deals Sale – save up to 75% on cool gadgets and gizmos

ThinkGeek, the online store that sells “Stuff for Smart Masses”, is currently running their biggest sale of the year with the Mega Deals promo. Over 500 items are on clearance, with prices slashed up to 75% off. The most notable deal is the iCADE Mobile Gaming System for iPhone, a bluetooth gaming controller that supports 100+ iOS apps – now just $16.99 (down from $69.99). If you’re a gizmo addict and want to save a nice chunk on some cool (iDevice) gadgets, head over to the Mega Deals page to start browsing through the catalog. I’ve also included a rounded up of some of the better iPhone related items below.

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NMA.tv spoofs anticipated release of iPad Mini in animated video

Leave it to Next Media Animation from Taiwan to spoof the upcoming release of the iPad Mini in yet another outrageous (and amusing) animated video. Steve Jobs, who had been portrayed as Darth Vader previously, returns to fight off Tim Cook in a failed attempt to stop the launch of the smaller iPad (Jobs had publicly dismissed the notion of a 7″ iPad back in 2010). Besides new features like a killer Android app (quite literally an app that’ll obliterate Android users off the face of the earth), NMA sees Apple fans blowing all their money on new iPad Mini accessories like the “iArm”. Check out the 2 minute video after the break.

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FAA’s Free App of the Day – Saving Private Sheep 2

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out everyday.

Your mission in Saving Private Sheep 2, should you choose to accept it, is to grab your trusty catapult and prevent pesky foxes from running off with your sheep buddies.

This title features no fewer than 66 levels – all of which are filled with obstacles that you have to overcome in order to complete your objective. Furthermore, you can use the in-game editor to create and share your very own stages with other players around the world. Saving Private Sheep 2 is a universal app for all your iDevices and now free on the App Store.

Saving Private Sheep 2 Bulkypix, Saving Private Sheep 2 - Free

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iGear now taking pre-orders for iPad Mini Case

We’re 2 days away from the highly anticipated unveiling of the iPad Mini and accessories maker iGear is now taking pre-orders for its iPad Mini Portfolio case. While there’s no mention of its dimensions (all signs are pointing to a 7.85″ screen), the product page describes it as:

This is a well padded portfolio case for the new iPad Mini featuring PU Leather – it offers the look and feel of leather but is more durable for daily use. A magnetic cover keeps the portfolio closed when not in use for a clean and tidy look. Soft velvet lining protects the iPad Mini all around. Can be used in multiple angles for typing, movie watching, etc. Simple, elegant, very functional.

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